FREE PRESS INDORE BHOPAL MUMBAI UJJAIN - PUNE VOL. NO. 287 | BHOPAL | SUNDAY | APRIL 4, 2021 | PAGES 14 Mishti doi is sweet…Why is Didi so bitter? Modi WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN NATION DIDI IS PLAYING SINGUR CARD TO WOO VOTERS: PM Pg- 7 FOR 24X7 UPDATES HOLLYWOOD DEBUT FOR PALASH SEN’S SON KINSHUK’ Pg-12 FP BUREAU Kolkata News Brief Container truck runs over cop's legs on highway JABALPUR: A constable of the Madhya Pradesh Road Transport department (MPRTD) was injured when a container truck ran over his legs on Saturday, police said. Constable Prakash Choudhary was injured when a container truck ran over his legs near Kaladehi village, some 47 km from the district headquarters, Bargi police station incharge Shivraj Singh said. The incident took place when the flying squad of the MPRTD's Jabalpur division was checking vehicles at a checkpoint, he said. MP derailment: Sabotage angle being probed JABALPUR: A railway committee has started probing sabotage and other angles into the recent derailment of Itarsi-Cheoki (Prayagraj) special passenger train's coach in MP after a piece of iron rod was found at the incident site, an official said on Saturday. The five-member committee, which comprises officials from various railway departments, on Friday launched the probe into the incident that occurred near Bohani station at 8.45 pm on Wednesday, in which nobody was hurt, he said. Fire breaks out in hills of Sidhi SIDHI: A fire broke out in the hills of a forested area with human settlement in Sidhi district on Saturday and no casualties were reported in the blaze, a forest official said. No one was wounded in the fire that erupted at Bichi-Pater jungle area, about 20 km from the district headquarters, Sidhi DFO MP Singh told PTI. He denied that some wild animals had perished in the fire and said the human settlement beneath the hills was far from the spot. Busy on call, nurse gives 2 vax shots LUCKNOW: Busy on her mobile, an ANM gave Covid jab twice to a woman in sheer medical negligence at a PHC in Akbarpur area of Kanpur dehat. Taking serious cognizance of negligence during vaccination drive, the DM JP Singh has directed the CMO to submit a detailed report on the goof up. ANM Archana has been put off duty from the vaccination drive. The incident was reported from Marhauli PHC where a 50-year-old lady Kamlesh Kumari went to get first dose. Archana, who was talking to someone on mobile, gave her the jab. While she was under observation, the ANM shot the vaccine again `4 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023 The war of words in West Bengal between Prime Minister Narendra and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit . a new low on Saturday Addressing a rally in West Bengal, Modi said that contesting elections from Nandigram is Didi's biggest mistake. He also called her ‘bitter’. "There is a certain sweetness in Bengal. It's language, it's people....don't get me started about mishti doi and the sweets. Then how are you so bitter, Didi?" PM Modi . asked at the rally The PM claimed that the TMC supremo has done nothing for Singur but played Singur card for her own political purpose. “Didi has closed all doors of employment in Singur and West Bengal. The result of the ongoing election is clear on the day of the Nandigram poll,” stated Modi. Claiming that Banerjee will contest from Varanasi in the 2024 Lok Sabha poll, Modi said that Banerjee had understood that she cannot do anything in West Bengal anymore. Taking a potshot at TMC supremo for her comments that Election Commission is being run by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Modi said that her angry outbursts against central security forces and Union Home Minister is due to her ‘fear for defeat’. Meanwhile, Banerjee alleged that the BJP is bringing police from other states to influence voters. “A day from Nandigram went for polls, people from Delhi dressed as police threatened people. This is the culture of BJP. They also divide people by religious lines,” she said. CONTD. ON P8 EC halves campaigning ban on Biswa Sarma NEW DELHI The Election Commission Saturday reduced the 48hour campaign ban imposed on Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma to 24 hours after he tendered an "unconditional apology" and assured the poll panel that he will abide by the provisions of the model code. The BJP leader now can start campaigning from the evening. He was on Friday initially barred from campaigning-related activities till April 4 for allegedly making threatening remarks against Bodoland People's Front (BPF) chief . Hagrama Mohilary Canvassing for the third and final phase of Assam assembly elections comes to an end on the evening of April 4. The final phase of polling will be held on April 6. In his representation to the Election Commission on Saturday, Sarma had pleaded to reduce the ban to 24 hours on the ground that he is himself a candidate in the constituency which is scheduled to go for polls on Tuesday. The EC order said in his representation, Sarma requested the poll panel to "accept my sincere regret and assurance of abiding MCC in future, and, be further pleased to reduce the period of debarment from election campaign from 48 hours to 24 hours". PM Narendra Modi being presented a memento by BJP candidate from Chinsurash Locket Chatterjee during an election rally in Hooghly district on Saturday PM urges Assam militants to join mainstream TAMULPUR: Buoyed by a raft of peace agreements with underground outfits in the Northeast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made a fervent appeal to militants in Assam who have not surrendered yet to return to the mainstream as they are needed to create an 'Atmanirbhar Assam'. Addressing an election rally here in Bodoland Territorial Region's (BTR) Baksa district, the prime minister said people of the state have rejected violence for development, peace, unity and stability. Accusing the Congress of encouraging violence, Modi said, "It is our responsibility to ensure the rehabilitation of those who have returned to the mainstream after years of struggle. "I also appeal to those who are yet to surrender to return for the future of the state and for their own future, too, as they are needed to create an 'Atmanirbhar Assam'," he said. Referring to the huge crowd of women present at the rally, the prime minister said during his last visit to Kokrajhar in BTR on Thursday, he was surprised to see women in large numbers and asked a political analyst about the reason, and was told "mothers are now sure their children will not pick up weapons and go away to the jungle again". "I assure every mother and sister of the BTR that the dreams of your children will be fulfilled and they do not have to pick up weapons and go to the jungles or fall victim to bullets," he said. NIA custody of police officer Sachin Waze extended till April 7 AGENCIES Mumbai A court here on Saturday extended the NIA custody of suspended police officer Sachin Waze till April 7 in the case of an explosivesladen SUV found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's house and businessman Mansukh Hiran's death. Waze, arrested on March 13, was produced before the special NIA court here after his earlier remand expired. The National Investigation Agency sought his remand for another six days. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, the NIA lawyer, said the agency had incriminating recovered evidence such as digital video recording (DVR) of CCTV footage and laptops and it needed to be examined. The court after hearing both the sides extended Waze's custody till April 7. explosivesAn laden Scorpio was found near Ambani's residence here on February 25. Mansukh Hiran, who had claimed that the vehicle had been stolen from his possession a week earlier, was found dead in a creek in Thane on March 5. Rs 26.50 lakh withdrawn from Vaze's joint a/c after arrest: NIA T he NIA has found that an amount of Rs 26.50 lakh was withdrawn from the joint bank account of Sachin Waze and his aide on March 18, five days after the Mumbai police officer was arrested for his alleged role in planting an explosivesladen SUV outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani's home on February 25, the court was told on Saturday. Without naming Waze's accomplice, the National Investigation Agency said certain "incriminating material" was also taken out by someone from the joint locker of Waze and his aide, who is a suspect in the case, from a bank located in Versova area in Mumbai. No fresh regn in MP for healthcare workers from today OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL No fresh registrations for healthcare workers will be done in the state from Sunday but their second dose will not be affected. The decision is taken following misuse of vaccines by the health department and private hospitals. The Government of India is not able match the demand and supply of vaccines in the state. In several places, shortage of vaccine was seen and many beneficiaries had to return empty-handed. So, the health department has decided to stop vaccination of health workers and soon the department will stop vaccination of 'frontline workers'. State Immunisation Officer Dr Santosh Shukla informed Free Press that in many places misuse of the vaccine were reported. Some private hospitals are also giving wrong information about the beneficiaries. The portal only gives permission for vaccination after putting the correct information into the set format. It is claimed that the health workers and the private hospitals filled wrong information in the portal and gave undue benefit to some persons. Some of them had incoculated the vaccine to their friends and relatives and filled column as 'health worker'. CONTD. ON P8 Quality at Value WEATHER 37.20c. 19.20c Sunrise : 06.16 Sunset : 06.43 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY “You can really cure many problems of your country if you could just meditate on them.” Her Holiness Mataji Nirmala Devi STATE REPORTS 110 C-DEATHS IN PAST 10 DAYS OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL AT LEAST 110 Covid deaths Madhya in reported Pradeshin past 10 days. On Saturday, 15 patients lost their lives while 16 fell to . the virus on Friday Last week, the average corona positive rate was 10.1 per cent. However, the positive rate rose to 10.4 per . cent on Saturday The state reported 2,839 corona cases pushing the infection tally to 3,03,673 and death toll to 4,029. Active cases also went up to 20,369. Around 27,231 samples were sent for testing while 199 samples were rejected at time of testing. Indore reported 708 corona cases and its tally also rose to 71,699 and death toll to 969. Bhopal's tally of positive cases rose to 52,980 and death toll to 635. Indore's active case was 4867 while Bhopal active cases went up to 4651. Jabalpur reported 205 corona cases with 1409 active cases and Gwalior reported 120 cases with 764 active cases. Ujjain reported 89 corona cases with 857 active cases while Ratlam reported 79 corona cases with 671 active cases and Chhindwara reported 71 corona cases with 377 active cases. Dates April 3 April 2 April 1 March 31 March 30 March 29 March 28 March 27 March 26 March 25 Deaths 15 16 12 9 10 9 11 10 9 9 Barwani reported 72 corona cases with 358 active cases. Burhanpur reported 170 active cases with 22 more corona cases. Guna reported 149 active cases with 25 corona cases while Shajapur reported 47 corona cases with 258 active cases. Katni reported 50 corona cases with 251 active cases. Hoshangabad, Vidisha, Narsingpur, and Shivpuri reported 304,104,250, and 183 active cases respective. ly Vidisha reported 44 corona case and Hoshangabad 23 while Narsingpur and Shivpuri reported 27 corona cases each. Similarly, Balaghat, Dewas, Neemuch, reported 184, 177, 152 active cases re. spectively Balaghat and Dewas reported 34 corona cases each while Neemuch reported 37 corona cases. Maoists kill 5 jawans in Chhattisgarh FP BUREAU Raipur Five security personnel including two CRPF jawans have been killed and around 10 others sustained injuries during an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur dis. trict on Saturday Chhattisgarh DGP DM Awasthi said that the encounter took place at around noon when the security forces were carrying out a joint anti-Maoist operation in Tarrem area of Bijapur district, about 400 km south of the state capital. The forces comprised CRPF elite unit CoBRA, the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Special Task Force (STF). "Five security personnel died and around 10 others injured in an encounter with the Maoists in the jungles near Tarrem, Bijapur," Chhattisgarh DGP DM Awasthi was quoted as saying.The operation is still on and some Maoists are also suspected to be killed during the exchange of fire. Following the incident, an emergency meeting of the DGP, Special DG (AntiMaoist Operations) Ashoke Juneja and other officers was held in Raipur. The CRPF also confirmed five casualties on the part of the security forces in the encounter with the Maoists in Bijapur. CONTD. ON P8 Beneficiaries rest in observation after receiving Covid doses at a camp in Bhopal on Saturday Exams for Classes IX, XI to be held online: Parmar Students, parents and teachers criticize decision OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL The school education minister has said the examinations for students of Class 9 and 11 will be held online. The decision has been taken considering severe surge in corona positive cases. School education minister Inder Singh Parmar said that considering spread of corona virus it is not advisable to hold exams through offline mode. The question papers will be sent to students through various online mediums. Students will write the exam from home and then submit the answer copies with the nearest collection centre. 'The decision has been taken for the safety of students. Exams will be held on open book online pattern,' said the minister. The exams for these classes are scheduled to begin from April 12. The statement given by the school education minister Parmar has not gone down well with the students, parents and teachers alike. 'Students of class 9 and 11 are at risk of getting afflicted with corona virus hence online exams but students of class 10 and 12- falling in the same age group- are safe. What absurd logic is this,' said a principal of a government school, wish- ing not to be named. The students of class 10 and 12 have demanded postponement of exams and held demonstrations at several places across the state. Students have given memorandum in this regard in Burhanpur, Khandwa and some other places as well. Even the parents are wary and are concerned about . their children's safety The MP Palak Mahasangh has demanded that the exams for classes 9-12 should be postponed. 'Exams for class 9-12 should be postponed, at least for now. The decision for holding it online also could not do justice as most of the students face challenge of ,' net connectivity said state convener of Palak Mahasangh, Subodh Pandya. 7 blood clot deaths in UK after AstraZeneca shot Russian court fines Twitter SEVERAL EUROPEAN countries have paused use of AstraZeneca jab AGENCIES London The UK medical regulator said on Saturday that out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, seven have died. The British acknowledgement of deaths comes as several European countries have paused the use of the AstraZeneca jab over a potential link to blood clots. The United Kingdom's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said in a statement that "Out of the 30 reports up to and including 24 March, sadly 7 have died." The Netherlands on Friday halted vaccinations with the AstraZeneca jab for people under the age of 60 after five new cases among women, one of whom died. Germany took a similar decision earlier this week. The European Medicines Agency (EMA), which like the World Health Organization previously declared the AstraZeneca vaccine safe, is expected to announce updated advice on the issue on April 7. The EMA said again on Wednesday it believes the vaccine is safe and that experts have found no specific risk factors such as age, gender or medical history . The UK regulator said that the 30 reports of thrombosis, submitted by medics or members of the public via a government website, came after 18.1 million doses of the vaccine had been administered in the country . Most of the cases (22) were cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, a rare condition when a blood clot forms in the brain. $116,778 over illegal content AGENCIES Moscow A court in Russian has fined the microblogging platform Twitter $116,778 for violating the country's Internet legislation by failing to remove banned content. The platform has been grappling with government scrutiny globally including in India over the presence of bad accounts. Part of the content in Platform has been grappling with govt scrutiny globally question urged minors to take part in illegal protests, promoted drug use, and spread child pornography, news Xinhua reports . agency Twitter has 60 days to pay the fine from the day the ruling comes into force. According to Russia's TASS News Agency, Moscow's Tagansky District Court handed Twitter a total of 8.9 million rubles in fines ($116,778) for refusing to delete tweets urging minors to join an unauthoillegitimate and rised event. The court was set to consider three more protocols that the Russian media watchdog had filed against Facebook. The consideration of three similar protocols against Google has been postponed to May 4.